A glass of flowers

For me, there are few things that make a home more happy or hopeful looking than a glass of flowers. Now, more than ever, it’s impossible not to appreciate a little glass of outdoors, inside your house. The last couple of weeks have seen the arrival of the first perennial flowers in our garden and … More A glass of flowers

The best-laid schemes

Last month included an important date in the diary of a Scot and, aside from the excuse to tuck into a plate of haggis, Burns Night also had me thinking on some of our national bard’s most well-remembered words: ‘The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, gang aft agley.’ Robert Burns It’s that time of … More The best-laid schemes

Sweet peas

I have a new floral obsession. This is the first year I’ve grown Sweet Peas and I’m officially hooked. My wonderful book, The Origin of Plants, tells me that Lathyrus Odaratus came to Britain in 1699 by way of a Scillian monk. Since then, we’ve taken them to our hearts. They’re easy to grow, come … More Sweet peas

A cut flower bed

There are two main raised beds in our garden. The first is for vegetables, the second is for cut flowers. There are times when I feel guilty about this, as we could be growing twice as much vege, but I love having cut flowers for the house and enjoy having the space for things I … More A cut flower bed

A note on peonies

When it comes to my garden, I have a particular weakness and that is flowers. When it comes to flowers, again I have a specific weakness and that is Peonies. I adore them. They’re top heavy, a little fussy, and take up lots of space, but only flower for a few weeks a year. It … More A note on peonies